Kyle Hines is a 29 year old 198cm power forward from Sicklerville, New Jersey that is playing his third season with CSKA Moscow. He is a powerful player who loves to attack the basket. Has a good 1-vs-1 game and likes to go inside. He is undersized to play the power forward, but his great wingspan (7-1) allows him to guard taller players and to intimidate. He’s also a great leaper and reads the opponent’s game well He played at NC-Greensboro (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 19.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, 3.1bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3Pts: 12.5%, FT: 62.8%. He was invited to play at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 3.3bpg, FGP: 78.6%, FT: 72.7%. He then had predraft workouts with Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA). He then went to Europe to Italy and played with Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 34 games: 16.9ppg, Reb-4(8.6rpg), 3.0spg, Blocks-2(1.8bpg), FGP-2(66.0%), FT: 58.5%. In 2009, he took part in the Orlando Pro Summer League (Oklahoma City Thunder). In 2009-2010, he stayed in Italy with Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 40 games: 18.5ppg, 8.1rpg, Steals-2(3.5spg), Blocks-4(1.6bpg), FGP-3(64.0%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 57.8%. He played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Hornets) in the summer of 2010.In 2010-2011 he played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): Euroleague: 10 games: 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 64.3%, FT: 46.7%; German League: 46 games: 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, Blocks-3(1.2bpg), FGP-3(61.1%), 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 52.4%. He won the double with Bamberg. He played for Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1) from 2011-2013 winning two Euroleague titles. Last season for CSKA Moscow he played 39 games: 6.7ppg, 3.9rpg, FGP: 64.8%, FT: 60.6%; Euroleague: 30 games: 6.8ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 62.2%, FT: 68.2%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 100-88 Euroleague win against the Brose Baskets Bamberg.
Kyle congrats on the huge 100-88 win in Bamberg. What was it like returning back to the Stechert arena?
It was incredible to be back and getting that very warm reception. Just seeing and feeling the atmosphere again was nice. The whole experience coming back will be memorable for me. Just being there and getting that recognition brought back the feeling why the fans and Freak City are so special.
The first half was back and forth. Why couldn´t a team get away from the other?
Both teams were still feeling each other out and making adjustments. The game was very physical, but Bamberg is a really tough team that play tough defense and are always hard to beat at home. Bamberg was executing very well early and running their systems well.
The turning point came in the third quarter where ex San Antonio Spur Nando De Colo nailed three three pointers breaking the game totally open. Most talk about his shooting, but what do you feel doesn´t get appreciated enough of his play on the court?
He is a great driver and scorer, but his play making ability and the ability to make plays out of nothing doesn´t get appreciated enough. He may not be the fastest, but he is able to get to the right spots and create where many wouldn´t be able to.
CSKA Moscow scored 100 points and 32 points more than what Bamberg give up in the Euroleague this season. How did you crack their defense so well?
We know that we have a very talented offensive team. When we get the ball moving and do good spacing then we can score a lot of points. We had many guys step up. Corey Higgins had one of his best games and Nikita Kurbanov made some big shots.
When you came up in Italy from 2008-2010 you battled against Italian Nicolas Melli who then played for Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (Lega2). He led Bamberg with 16 points tonight. What has impressed you most about his development?
I have played against him many times. In my eight seasons as a professional, I probably played against him in six seasons at one time or another. He has developed well and really matured from last season with Milan. It all has to do with the opportunity and he is getting that more with Bamberg and able to show that he can be a scorer.
What was your impression of young German Daniel Theis? He played NBA Summer League in 2014. Does he have the athleticism for the NBA?
Theis is a good top line player. He showed the capability to hit the three against us. He is a very tough minded player and athletic. You never know what can happen with the NBA. He has the physical tools and there is always the possibility for him to play at a higher level.
Brad Wanamaker had 12 points and nine assists, but was unable to lead his team to the win, but belongs to the top 3 best point guards in the Beko BBL. Do you see him making the jump to a top Euroleague team in the next years?
I think that he could. I watched him growing up and we come from the same area. He has the tools to play at the highest level. He has proven it so far this season as he is having a great season in the Euroleague. He shows on the court that he isn´t afraid and is always aggressive. He plays with a lot of confidence and knows that he can play at the highest level.
What were the major changes that you observed being back in your old stomping ground?
I think that the Stechert arena may have got louder and more fanatic than in the past. One thing that hasn´t changed is the atmosphere which is great. It doesn´t matter who Bamberg plays, but the fans come out in great numbers and give support. The fan support shows how great the basketball tradition is there.
What kind of conversation did you have with your ex coach Andrea Trinchieri when you greeted him?
We have a good relationship. We saw each other the last years even if he wasn´t my coach. I played against him when he was at Cantu and Unics Kazan. I see him every summer at the NBA Summer League as well. I have a lot of respect for him, because he showed me what it took to play at a high level. He prepared me to make the next step to the Euroleague. He made me watch video of Euroleague and players like a Mike Batiste. He gave me the confidence that I could play at a high level.
How would you describe the Brose Baskets Bamberg organization in 2015? How has it changed since Chris Fleming left?
Everything has changed and with a new coaching staff and management everyone has tried to put their blueprint down, but they had success right away winning the title last season and reached the Euroleague top 16. You can´t forget that the foundation was laid down by Chris Fleming, Wolfgang Heyder and Brendan Rooney. That Bamberg was able to qualify so early with 3-4 games remaining in the Euroleague speaks for the organization and they have a bright future. Their Euroleague success also speaks for German basketball and how it has progressed in the last years. With FC Bayern Munich on the verge of qualifying, Germany will have two teams in the Top 16 something that nobody would have thought would have been capable of 4-5 years ago.
Did it surprise you that your old coach at Veroli Andrea Trinchieri won a title in his first season?
Not really. It is never easy to come in, but the foundation was already there. He came in rebuilt a little and for them to win the title on the first try is a big deal. It is always very important to win in Bamberg.
How do you believe has Trinchieri developed as a coach since you had him as a coach in the 2008-2009 season?
He has always been a great coach and had success wherever he has been. He is so passionate about basketball and cares so much. His personality fits to the basketball tradition of the organization.
What do you remember being your favorite spot in Bamberg to relax when you were playing there?
I would take walks up and down the river and walk up to the rose garden at the church. You would have a great view of the city and it was so peaceful. I felt like a tourist walking around.
What do you appreciate most about living in Moscow a third year now?
Just knowing that I am in a place that has such a historical presence. It is everywhere. I know that I live in a place that many people read about in books or save up their money just to visit, but I am able to see it on a daily basis.
Thanks Kyle for the chat.